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The Lakes isn't Just for Hikers

The Lakes isn't Just for Hikers

When we picture the Lakes in Cumbria we consider the hikers that take the mountain trails, we don’t often consider the ease of accessibility for wheelchair users.

Yet this gorgeous part of Britain has evolved over time and now provides incredible attractions for those with impaired abilities. Everyone of any age can enjoy everything the Lakes has to offer making it an ideal destination for families and wheelchair users alike.

Feeling Sporty?

The Paralympics inspired Cumbria to continue with a sporty theme for wheelchair users and anyone who would like to join in the fun is welcome.
Whether you’ve tried sport before or are completely new to the concept the people involved ensure you choose something to your taste and ability.

With a wide range on offer, there are gentle sports such as swimming and more vigorous sports such as basketball. In fact Cumbria even has an online assessment wizard which shows you which sports would suit your ability.

Roughing It

If you like the idea of camping but think it may not provide the facilities you need, there is another option. The Youth Hostel in Ambleside is now fully equipped for disabled visitors including everything from wider doorways to a hoist.

You can get involved and meet others on holiday from this unspoilt corner of Ambleside, embracing the community spirit synonymous with the YHA.

A Mini Cruise

Both Lake Windermere and Lake Coniston offer mini cruises with steam boats and yachts adapted to accommodate wheelchairs. You can enjoy the fresh air from these crystal clear lakes confident that you have access to all of the facilities you need.

Lake Side

All of the lakes have a vast array of restaurants and cafes that not only accommodate wheelchairs but also provide generous seating outside so you can admire the view while tucking into the fine food. From Lucy’s of Ambleside to The Mason’s Arms (which as patio heaters for cooler days), you can enjoy the views from every part of Cumbria.


If you do want to explore on the move the Pathfinder series has an incredible set of maps for the Lakes that includes short trails for all abilities. Easy to follow and colourful, children will adore navigating as you take in the scenery.
If you’ve been to the Lakes, please let us know your favourite spots!